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Draw, Play, Write: Four Picture Books to Celebrate Youth Art Month

Posted by on March 8, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Draw, Play, Write: Four Picture Books to Celebrate Youth Art Month

In celebration of Youth Art Month, here are four of our favorite picture books celebrating the arts! While the month seems to emphasize the visual arts, I have chosen to include additional art forms, including music and creative writing here! I hope these inspire you to explore your artistic side.   Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell; illustrated by Rafael López I’ve gotten good at recognizing what kind of book covers will appeal to my son. And even though this one...

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Four Friendship-Themed Picture Books for February

Posted by on February 3, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Four Friendship-Themed Picture Books for February

It’s February!! Time to celebrate love and friendship!! While February 14th is Valentine’s Day here in the United States in many of the Hispanic countries I’ve visited the day is called “El Día del Amor y Amistad” or “The Day of Love and Friendship.” I love this more inclusive take on the holiday since I’m sure we’ve all experienced the disappointment of not having a special someone on the big day. What better way to celebrate the month of February than with picture books about love and...

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Sink or Swim? How I Started Performing Solo

Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sink or Swim? How I Started Performing Solo

Every once in awhile my Shutterfly account sends me an email to remind me what I was doing years ago. Recently I got one with the title, “Your memories from fourteen years ago.” I opened the message only to see pictures of me performing in Spain, back at the time when I lived in Madrid and worked for Interacting, an interactive theatre company that uses theatre to teach English to speakers of other languages. I’ll never forget how when I went to audition for the company I was told that it would probably be many months before they...

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Our Top Five Picture Books of January 2018

Posted by on January 27, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our Top Five Picture Books of January 2018

Here are five of our favorite books for the month of January! There’s a very wide range to explore here — everything from pasta to emotions to the alphabet to wild apes! We hope you’ll enjoy these five gems as much as we did.   The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul; illustrated by Javier Joaquin This book will give you a whole new appreciation for pasta! I love the way each type of pasta, from macaroni to bow-tie, has been given a unique personality which is brought to life perfectly in the art. When the various types...

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Our Top Five Picture Books of December 2017

Posted by on December 14, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our Top Five Picture Books of December 2017

1. Super Manny Stands Up! By Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Stephanie Graegin Manny loves to pretend he’s a superhero battling everything from armies of zombie bears to evil cloud monsters. At home he wears capes of many colors, but when he goes to school, he takes his invisible cape. Over lunch one day, he’s battling giant squid (his spaghetti and meatballs!) when he hears Tall One picking on Small One. He’s frozen and doesn’t know what to do – until he remembers his invisible cape and decides to stand up and be...

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Our Top Five Picture Books of November

Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our Top Five Picture Books of November

Most days if you dropped by my house unexpectedly, you might think that a library had exploded inside. There are books on the couch, the bed, the table, going up the stairs. Books are everywhere! As a picture book author, I try to READ as many of the current picture books that I possibly can to help my craft. As a mom, I try to SHARE my love of books with my son. I love learning about his interests and seeing which books are his favorites and why. Below is a list of our top five picture books read during the month of November. We hope...

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Oh the Places You’ll Go . . . If You’re Flexible!

Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I received a copy of Dr. Seuss’s iconic classic, Oh the Places You’ll Go, as a high school graduation gift from my parents. It now sits on my three-year old’s book shelf and is an oft-requested choice for bedtime. I’ve always loved the title — and this summer I found myself thinking, “Oh the Places You’ll Perform.” Never in a million years could I have guessed where or for whom I’d be performing when I got started on this crazy journey as a storyteller. But one thing I have learned – the...

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It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

When people ask me what I do, I often respond with, “I’m an interactive storyteller.” But most people (understandably!) have a hard time understanding what that means. Until you’ve seen what I do it can be difficult to describe. For a long time I’ve wanted to add videos to my website to give people a taste of what I do. However, since I use audience participation, I can’t post videos publicly without signed release forms.   After working with a particular school two years in a row on two different residency...

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It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

I never thought I’d find a job I loved as much as being a storyteller . . . then I became a mom. Twice-over! Alejandro joined our family at the end of February and quickly became adored by his big brother, Rafael, and of course his doting parents. He’s an easy-going baby who is always smiling. At 4 months old, he is finding his voice, and while it’s still too early to tell, it seems we may have another storyteller in the family.   There’s so much I could share about what has happened for me over the past few...

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Inspiration and Intersection: More Reflections on Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program

Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program was so filled with wonderful moments that I couldn’t fit them all into one post! Here are a few more of my highlights: Inspiring and Empowering Someone Else On Saturday an adult woman slipped into the back row at my performance. At the conclusion, she introduced herself and said that she is a teacher at a school in a prison town. Many of her students have family members who are incarcerated and when she heard that I would be telling stories about conflict resolution, she wanted to get some ideas for...

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